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Sutton Mencap shares its stories for #LocalCharitiesDay

Robbie Keen

, December 9, 2016 — Civil Society

Coordinator and Independent Supporter, Mencap Sutton

Sutton Mencap is a leading provider of services for people with a learning disability in the London Borough of Sutton. We work with around 70 children and young people and 200 adults, providing a wide range of activities aimed at bringing people together, helping them develop life skills, make friends and have fun.A typical week…

Malvern Special Families gets ready for #LocalCharitiesDay

Cassie Zoro

, — Civil Society

Community Fundraiser, Malvern Special Families

Malvern Special Families is supporting #LocalCharitiesDay to help highlight the fantastic work that small charities do for local communities. Local charities change lives for the better, but sometimes the staff and volunteers from these charities are so busy providing excellent support to local people, that they don’t get the chance to shout about themselves. So please join in on…

Local Charities’ unsung heroes

Caroline Siddall

, December 8, 2016 — Civil Society

Income Generation Director, Nightingale House Hospice Chair of the North West Institute of Fundraising Regional Group

Local charities play a huge role in the support of local communities.  In our case we are a local hospice based in an industrial town in north Wales and we help local people when they need it the most by providing end of life care completely free of charge. Twenty per cent of our running costs come…

Reading Mencap welcomes #LocalCharitiesDay

Marie-Claire Dillon

, December 5, 2016 — Civil Society

Fundraising Manager, Reading Mencap

Reading Mencap is looking forward to taking part in the first ever #LocalCharitiesDay this year, as we are passionate about the impact local charities have within our communities. Local charities are making a real difference to people by providing expert support from volunteers and staff who totally understand what they are going through.Sometimes we feel…

Me too & co looks ahead to #LocalCharitiesDay

Jo Saucek

, December 2, 2016 — Civil Society

Charity Administrator at me too & co https://www.metooandco.org.uk/

Me too & Co is a local charity run by parents, for families. We aim to remove the isolation that can be created for families when their children are affected by disability and additional needs. We provide a supportive and active community where the whole family is cared for and given the opportunity to develop and feel empowered. We were…

The Museums Review – an update on our progress

Neil Mendoza

, December 1, 2016 — Culture

England’s museums are among the best in the world. We all have our favourites and love the variety and extraordinary quality of individual collections and the magnificent buildings that house them. Of course, it is the expertise and dedication of the staff and volunteers that bring those collections and places to life for the public.…

Art and Education

Matt Hancock

, — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

As potentially one of the greatest forces for openness and social mobility we have, the arts are central to having a well-rounded education.Like many others, I was disappointed when AQA – the last exam board offering the Art History A Level – announced that they will be dropping the subject from 2018.From the earliest cave…

14-18 NOW receives Remember WW1 Award

Jenny Waldman

, November 30, 2016 — Culture

Director, 14-18 NOW

Earlier this month 14-18 NOW were delighted to receive the national ‘Arts and Creativity’ award for our work on the Poppies Tour, Dazzle Ships and we’re here because we’re here.14-18 NOW is the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and we aim to bring the stories of the First World War to…

Friendly Trust Charity looks ahead to #LocalCharitiesDay

Louise Triggs

, November 24, 2016 — Civil Society

Senior Trust Officer at The Friendly Trust

The Friendly Trust started out to support people with learning disabilities, but we have grown and evolved to support a wide range of vulnerable people. With the help of our funders, staff and volunteers, last year we supported 518 people to achieve positive outcomes with their finances.One of those people was Alex (named changed for…
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Record Breaking Tourism

The summer of 2016 was a record breaking one for inbound visitors to the UK. Our Tourism sector has gone from strength to strength with retailers, accommodation providers and tour operators showing more people a good time in the capital and around the country.

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Great Exhibition of the North

Four amazing towns and cities across the North of England were shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. Along with Bradford, Blackpool and Sheffield, the people of Newcastle-Gateshead got behind their hometowns to celebrate what’s great about their art, culture and design.
#GreatNorthExpo2018 #NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle-Gateshead were the overall winners and we’re looking forward to see them bring their ideas to life in 2018

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100 Years

This year marked 100 years since The Battle Of Jutland, the biggest naval battle of the First World War. People remembered members of the navy who gave up their lives, with a special ceremony on the Orkney islands in June.

Jack Cornwell was one of the many sailors fatally wounded at the Battle of Jutland and became the youngest ever recipient of the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest military honour – for his bravery under fire.

#JackCornwell #100Years #BattleOfJutland

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Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The British Library held a special exhibition and series of events in April this year to celebrate the life and work of England’s most famous playwright.
#Libraries #Shakespeare #Arts #ShakespeareLives

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Culture Summit

Minister for Culture Matt Hancock welcomed over 40 cultural delegations and 60 speakers from around the world to the biggest and most diverse Edinburgh International Culture summit ever.

Read the speech

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World Number One

British tennis player Andy Murray became World Number One in the ATP rankings.
He won Wimbledon, retained his Olympic gold medal and finished the season as the only British man to  become #No1 seed.

#Wimbledon #TeamGB #Tennis #Olympics 


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Tourism Boost

Cornwall was one of the regions that received a boost in visitors this year, with series such as Poldark showing off the beautiful beaches and wild landscapes
#Tourism #Poldark #VisitEngland
Read our Tourism Action Plan

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Sarah Hunter

Congratulations to Sarah Hunter who won the Women’s World Rugby player of the year award this year
#ThreeLions #Rugby


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With Tate galleries in Liverpool and St Ives as well as Tate Britain and the newly extended Tate Modern in London, the Tate family continues to inspire people around the UK
#Tate #Museum #Culture



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We’re here because we’re here

We continued to remember all those who fought and died in World War One during this centenary year. Commemorative events and services were held to remember the Battle of the Somme on the day it began 100 years ago.
72,000 men had died by the end of 1 July 1916.

#Remembrance #WeRemember #LestWeForget #WW1